Mark Thomas

Educator

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Office: 269-657-8213
Cell: 269-370-2978
MSU Extension Suite 201
219 E. Paw Paw Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079

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  • In search of marketing data

    December 8, 2017 | A primary need in starting a new food business is to gauge the market potential and research should involved all aspects related to the market.

  • Planning for market entry

    November 27, 2017 | Many companies have a product. Some will say they have no competition and that everyone will buy their product. This generally is interpreted to signify that there is a lot of competition and no one will buy their product.

  • Food production foibles

    November 2, 2017 | Having a licensed product along with a licensed facility are a great beginning. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty.

  • Co-working space: the next frontier

    October 27, 2017 | Working from home may have its advantages, but having a supportive community of other workers in your environment can lend to creativity, networking and productivity.

  • Problems to avoid when starting a food manufacturing business

    September 19, 2017 | Seeing an opportunity for a food product is just the first step. Proper planning is essential for success.

  • New food product? Be prepared for inspection

    September 8, 2017 | Understanding the legal requirements for licensing an acidified or acid new food product along with having a business plan will help speed the process.

  • Opportunities in the snack food market

    July 18, 2017 | Three square meals a day is a thing of the past. Today busy consumers, especially Millennials, seek methods to supplement nutritional necessities. People considering entering the snack food business are well positioned to take advantage of this trend.

  • Avoiding and addressing grocery store closures in small towns

    June 6, 2017 | Not having a local grocery is an all too often experience in rural communities. Understanding the reasons is key to developing strategies to overcome this crippling blow to the economic vitality and longevity in small town America.

  • Marketing strategies: Knowing where your company fits

    March 27, 2017 | Every company should know the strengths they are employing to penetrate into the marketplace.

  • Reviewing business performance: The key to attaining a competitive advantage

    March 27, 2017 | Understand the necessity of performance indicators can provide a business the tools to insure it will be able to reach it is competitiveness.

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